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May 16, 2010 09:19 AM

Along Route 1 South in Danvers Peabody Saugus--anything?

I am looking for a decent dinner place after our drive home from Maine. Anything edible on this stretch? Ideally would like some heathy fresh stuff...well cooked anything would help. Thanks in advance.

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  1. I stopped at Pho 888 on Rt 1 South in Peabody on my drive back from Maine and quite liked it.

    1. sake on route 1 in saugus for sushi and japanese food

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      1. re: galangatron

        I just tried Sake and was really disappointed. The ankimo was half frozen inside (I wouldn't have ordered if I'd known it was frozen) and the toro was the worst sushi I've ever had,and especially for the high price point. It was stringy and chewy inside with a weirdly mushy outside. I was with a group of people and we ordered a bunch of rolls... almost all of them had tempura inside and that wasn't reflected at all in the description. There was one, a Saugus Roll, I think, that was pretty good, but the rest was bad enough that I wouldn't be back here any time soon.

        1. re: Chris VR

          that's too bad

          i never order the sushi at sake so i can't comment on it. i stick to the appetizers (tataki, ahiru, negima) and lunch specials (tempura, katsu, curry rice)

          1. re: galangatron

            This is my go to place for Hamachi Kama. The best I have found around the North Shore. Usually get a pretty good sized piece and it comes with a bowl of white rice and a salad with ponzu dressing. The Saugus roll is very good too. The few nigiri I have ordered were good too. But the Hamachi Kama can't be beat.

            Too bad you had a bad experience Chris. Give them a second chance. Maybe they were having an "off" night.

            1. re: hhookk

              Yeah... it's be hard for me to do that. There was no excuse for serving such crappy toro and ankimo. The waitress suggested the toro and the ankimo was listed on the specials board up front. Don't sell it if it shouldn't be sold!

              Have you tried the Hamachi Kama at Sato in Stoneham? That's the only place I've had it around here and it was really good.

              1. re: Chris VR

                Thanks for the tip. I'll try it soon. I'm always looking for new place to try it.

        2. re: galangatron

          Sake is very good, though it looks pretty run down from the outside.
          FWIW - it is on the northbound side, so you'd have to turn around.

        3. I haven't been, but I consistently hear good things about Angela's Coal Fired Pizza.

          Angela's Coal Fired Pizza
          890 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906

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          1. re: Northshoregirl

            I like Angela's a lot, good pizza and the wings are exceptional but for the OP it's on the Northbound side

          2. I'll 2nd the suggestion for Pho 888 for Vietnamese. If you'd like Italian you could try Calitri's ( or Ponte Vecchio's (you'll have to double-back up Rt 1 off of 95, but that's only a < 5 min detour.)

            Ponte Vecchio Restaurant
            435 Newbury St, Danvers, MA 01923

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            1. re: agentphunk

              triple threat ! Pho 888 is very very good on the SOUTHBOUND side. The is a sushi joint next door which I have yet to try.

              1. re: ipsofatso

                Please, it's much more fun if you get the name right. It's called "Pho Triple 888" (which is guess means Pho 888888888). Anyway, it's pretty darn good.

                1. re: emannths

                  I want to try this place, but rt. 1 is a terrible place to slow down to look per se. Is it near anything that stands out as a landmark I'd know? Thanks.

                  1. re: mcel215

                    Yes, right after the 2 ramps come together (Route 1 and the onramp from 95 south), you'll see Budget Pools, then a Gas station, then the shopping plaza where Union Jack is. I believe that plaze parking lot and Pho 888's connect, or you can just pull in at the next entrance. Pho 888 is set back a bit from that first shopping plaza.

            2. The Mt. Vernon in the same strip mall as the Christmas tree does twin lobster for $18. Sides are extra, but still not bad price. Don't stray from the lobsters though, the rest of the food is only so so.